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[MD, PA, VA, WV] Melish, Map of the National Road Between Cumberland and Wheeling. Phil., circa 1815. 5 x 11. BW. Waterstain at one fold; fold breaks repaired, Good+. Sold

Built between 1811 and 1834, the National Road was one of the first great undertakings of the Federal government, and the numerous commercial enterprises noted in the region forges, mills, a glass works attest to its importance in opening the American interior. The road was constructed in sections, eventually reaching Vandalia, Illinois then the state capitol. Superceded by canals and railroads, it evolved into U.S. Route 40 and became a primary road in the age of the automobile.

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